November 17, 2012

Swimmers Beat Babson, Fall to MIT in Season-Opening Meet

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Bowdoin College swim teams both took split-decisions at their season-opening meets at MIT on Saturday.

The Polar Bear women defeated Babson (183.00-101.00) and lost to MIT (224.00-87.00) while the men also beat Babson (201.00-105.00) but fell to MIT (241.00-70.00).

Bowdoin first-year Bridget Killian made a splash in her collegiate debut, winning the 200 yard freestyle in a time of 1:56.67 and taking a runner-up finish in the 200 IM in 2:19.30. Lela Garner and Katherine Foley tied for first in the 500 yard breaststroke in a time of 5:23.90 for the women's team while Maeve O'Leary was second in 100 breaststroke (1:12.06) and third in 200 breaststroke (2:36.97). Katherine Foley was second in the 1000 yard free (10:50.77), Kaley Kokomoor was third in the 100 freestyle (57.26) and Caroline Moore placed third in the three-meter diving competition (192.40).

On the men's side, Tom Kramer was second in both the three-meter (226.75) and one-meter diving (256.95) competitions. Other top finishes for the Polar Bear men included Ryan Peabody's third-place finish in the 1000 yard free (10:32.22), Basyl Stuyvesant's third-place finish in the 100 backstroke (53.82), Chris Granata's third-place showing in the 200 butterfly (1:57.93) and Ryan Kulesza's third-place finish in the 200 IM (2:01.40).

Bowdoin's 200 yard medley relay team of Teri Faller, O'Leary, Kelsey Goodwin and Tricia Hartley took a third-place finish (1:54.57) while the men's 200 medley relay squad of Stuyvesant, John Lagasse, Kevin Koh and E.J. Googins also placed third (1:38.30).

The Polar Bears will return to the pool after Thanksgiving when they return to Cambridge to compete in the two-day MIT Invitational on November 30-December 1.